Italian Society, Culture and Literature I

Credit points: 6
Contact hours: 60
Type: P

Course Description

Objectives and competences

  1. - awareness of the historically based complexity of the term "Italian culture";
  2. - awareness of the geographically and historically based difference between the inhabitants of different Italian regions by learning the history of the Italian peninsula;
  3. - awareness of the differences and similarities between the Italian and Slovene social systems;
  4. - awareness of the importance of the literary language for Italian cultural and political identity;
  5. - ability to recognise important works from the early period of Italian literature;
  6. - awareness of the function of literary texts in Italian society.

Content (syllabus outline)

  1. The course is divided into two units:


  1. a) Italian society and culture 1
  2. b) Italian literature 1


Italian society and culture 1:

Historical overview of the Italian peninsula and its consequences in present-day Italy: the pre-Roman period; establishment and development of the Roman Empire; other cultures in Italian territory; the Middle Ages and the Papal State; formation of city states and struggles to dominate the territory; struggles between papal and imperial powers; the most important Italian ruling families (de Medici, della Scala, Visconti, etc.); Italian naval forces; the Venetian Republic; Spanish, French, and Austrian authorities; Risorgimento; establishment of the Italian state; the fascist period; the world wars; establishment of the republic.

Italian literature 1:

  1. Early stages of the development of Italian from Latin, the first text in Italian; the birth of Italian literature and the Sicilian poetic school; influences of troubadour lyrics; the oldest poetry from various parts of the peninsula; Dolce stil novo: Dante and his contemporaries; Petrarch; Boccaccio; the influence of the language of the three most important pre-Renaissance authors on the future development of the Italian language and literature; the Renaissance and the issue of choosing a literary language; expansion of written Italian and supplanting of Latin.


  • Petronio, G. 2000. La nuova attività letteraria in Italia. Palermo: Palumbo.
  • Balboni, Paolo E. e Cardona, Mario (a cura di). Storia e Testi di Letteratura Italiana per Stranieri. Nuova edizione riveduta e corretta. Perugia: Guerra.
  1. For their home reading students have to select at least 7 works from the reading list provided by the lecturer.


  1. Enrollment in the first year of Interlingual Communication.


The final passing grade is the average of passing grades from both cycles.

The grades from individual cycles are:

  1. - Italian society and culture: exam (50 % of the final grade)
  2. - Italian literature: exam and home reading, i.e. at least 7 texts from the reading list provided by the lecturer (50 % of the final grade).
  1. Forms of marking: 6-10 or A-E (positive grade), 1-5 or F (negative grade). The assessment is in line with the Statute of the University of Ljubljana and the examination regulations of the Faculty of Arts.